A hip-hop artist is owed $3000 by the recording company run by up-and-coming rap artist Tom Francis, a former finalist in the Young New Zealander of the Year awards, but the company isn’t showing any signs of paying up.
Foxton man Dillon Lamb, 23, who performs under the name “Dilz” has been performing since 2012 and by 2017 he had completed his first album, “Metamorphosis”. It had been recorded at his home over a three-year period.
“People told me it was pretty good so I sent it to pretty much every record label. A few got back to me. Black Market Enterprises, a record label run by up and coming rapper Tom Francis, was one of them. They saw potential in it and said they could help get it out there,” Lamb said.
He said Black Market promised to have Lamb’s music mastered and engineered by the same people who had worked on famous artists such as Lil Wayne.
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He paid Black Market $5000 to produce, promote and market the 16-track album, that would appear on various digital channels such as Spotify, and also as a CD.
The CDs never arrived and nothing was really done in terms of promotion or marketing. But the music was released on platforms and actually went to number 2 on the New Zealand hip-hop charts.
“Three or so months later I hit them up for payment they would have received from the streaming platforms. But they said it never earned any money,” he said.
Late last year Lamb took the matter to the Disputes Tribunal.
Referee Graham Rossiter said the album had been mastered and produced, but he was satisfied it had not been promoted or marketed as promised.
He ordered Black Market to refund $3000 for the services that were not provided.
Francis did not pay the sum. Last month a bailiff went to Francis’s home address in Napier in a bid to seize property to collect the debt owed to Lamb.
He told the bailiff he was unable to pay the debt. There were no vehicles or assets registered to the company so there was no property that could be seized.
Francis has recorded with Snoop Dogg, and was a semi-finalist in the Young New Zealander of the Year awards.
Last year he was convicted on a charge of injuring with reckless disregard and one of wilful damage.
Francis would not answer questions when contacted by Stuff.